Preterm birth, defined as before 37 weeks of pregnancy, is a serious health problem that costs the United States more than $26 billion annually.
“This is not sufficient to cater for the country’s 40 million people and as a result many rural pregnant women have to walk long distance in order to deliver safely.”
The radio station seeks to foster awareness about health issues like infant mortality rate, maternal mortality rate, family planning, immunization programmes and sanitation.
In poor countries, for instance, pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of death among young women ages 15 to 19.
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Ethiopia’s Demographic and Health Survey shows that the unmet need for contraceptives in this Horn of Africa nation now stands at 25.3 percent.
Public expenditure on health remains woeful, accounting for just 1.2 percent of gross domestic product, according to Paul Vinod from AIIMS hospital in New Delhi.
Ms Ayitey said family planning would be added to the package for free maternal health service under the National Health Insurance Scheme.
AMHiN is a national coalition of Civil Society Organizations, Media and Professional Bodies committed to promoting accountability and transparency in the health sector.
Most often the best excuse the government advances for the failure is financial constraint, but there are cost-effective innovations and methods that could help save millions of lives.